HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to decide whether an impounded shipment of a drug used for executions should be delivered to the state.READ MORE: All Hostages Are Out Alive And Safe At Congregation Beth Israel In Colleyville, Suspect Dead
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the FDA is either incompetent or willfully obstructing the shipment of sodium thiopental that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice purchased from an unidentified foreign drug supplier.
The shipment was detained in July 2015 at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.READ MORE: North Texas Police Departments Increase Security At Synagogues, Other Jewish Sites
The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Galveston. It says the shipment of the sedative was lawful.
Paxton says the FDA has a legal obligation to make a decision within a “reasonable” timeframe. The Republican argues that 17 months isn’t reasonable.
The FDA said Tuesday it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.MORE NEWS: Garland Partners With NAACP To Host 33rd Annual MLK Jr. Day Parade
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